An Indonesian Teenager Survived For 49 Days Adrift In Pacific Ocean

by | Sep 24, 2018 | Headline News | 8 comments

Aldi Novel Adilang survived a grueling 49 days adrift in the Pacific Ocean. After a storm tore his small vessel from its moorings and set him out to sea, Adilang survived by eating fish.

Before Aldi’s harrowing experience, the 19-year-old had a lonely job as the solitary worker on a rompong; a floating fish trap with a tiny wooden hut equipped with a gas stove, cooking utensils, and a generator. Aldi was contracted by the rompong’s owner to light lamps around it nightly for six months in order to attract fish. Each week, the owner would send someone to collect the fish and replenish supplies of food, fuel, and drinking water. It all went well until July 14. On that day, a storm snapped the rope that anchored the rompong to the sea floor off the coast of Manado, in far northeast Indonesia — some 1,300 miles from the capital, Jakarta. It sent Aldi adrift in the ocean, where he remained until August 31. He was spotted in waters off Guam by a Panama-registered bulk freighter, MV Arpeggio, which was heading for Japan, the consulate said in a Facebook post.

Aldi went unnoticed by passing ships despite waving his clothes and flashing the lamps, according to NBC News. “Every time he saw a large ship, he said he was hopeful, but more than 10 ships had sailed past him, none of them stopped or saw Aldi,” Fajar told the Jakarta Post on Sunday.

Aldi recounted being circled by a shark at one point during his 1,600-mile journey from Indonesia toward Guam, according to NBC News. He was rescued earlier this month near the U.S. island territory of Guam, officials said. He ate fish and read his Bible daily during the ordeal.

Aldi said that since he was only equipped with a week’s worth of supplies on board, he had to improvise in order to survive. “After he ran out of the cooking gas, he burned the rompong’s wooden fences to make a fire for cooking,” Mirza Nurhidayat, another consular official told the Jakarta Post. “He drank by sipping water from his clothes” that were damp from the sea.

“Aldi said he had been scared and often cried while adrift,” Fajar Firdaus, a diplomat at the Indonesian consulate in Osaka, told the Jakarta Post. Adilang recuperated from the ordeal in Japan with consular officials and was later reunited with his family at their remote coastal village. He is in good health.

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    1. Bill McGill

      My guess is Aldi is negotiating a movie deal as we speak.
      Sorry kid but Redford is gonna be hard to top.

    2. Bill McGill

      My guess is Aldi is negotiating a movie deal as we speak.
      Sorry kid but Redford is gonna be hard to top.
      My bad on the dup but I don’t have to wait on moderation
      Places to be people to see

    3. B from CA

      Sounds pretty fishy to me.

      He burned down the fence. Hasn’t he ever heard of sushi?

      Does salt water become pure water when it soaks your shirt ??

      How does that work ?


      • Anonymous

        Dunno know how it works, but apparently it does work well enough to stay alive.

      • Bill McGill

        Redford used a distillation method for desalination in the movie “All Is Lost”
        Like I said that may be deal breaker for any possibity of this going anywhere other than straight to video .
        ht tps://

    4. TharSheBlows

      Boating 101.
      1. Securely tie the boat to the dock with spring rope configuration when storms come.
      2. Where was his anchor to slow his drifting. Ever hear of a bucket anchor while adrift? That will also save you from drifting too far away. Look up “drifting anchors”.

      Hey, I give him a lot of credit though, in a forced survival mode, he did pretty good. Still alive to talk about it. Signal Mirror is a must.

    5. Maranatha
      The main reason that biochemistry is taught to medical professionals is that metabolic pathways allow the body to grow and persist. During survival, with malnutrition and or starvation, then the body cannibalizes bone, fat, muscle, glycogen in order to survive. Otherwise your blood sugar would get low and you would have no energy through adenosine triphosphate largely done in your mitochondria through Kreb’s Cycle.

      The children get kwashiokor(marked by edema and distended bellies) and the adults get marasmus and waste away. You know it’s happening as your hair follicles get brittle. Ultimately without vitamin C, you get scurvy and your teeth will get loose as vitamin C is necessary for collagen formation. Your belly will ache as your stomach lining has to constantly renew or else you get stomach ulcers.

      You can survive for about 30 days with no food if you’re a guy with fat, otherwise you get stuporous, lose consciousness, enter into severe hypoglycemia, and then enter a coma, then die.

      If sustained it can cause liver and kidney damage. The valves of the heart can be damaged as well. In serious cases the heart muscle is damaged.

      You have to have adequate sugar sources in your food cache for this reason. Otherwise since your body has inadequate carbohydrates, then you use guconeogenesis which will eventually cause ketoacidosis (fruity breath due to throwing off ketone bodies).

      Every RN and physician knows this.

    6. Him

      BS. The kid faked the whole thing.

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